Three Deals On The Cards
Updated Friday, 16th March 2007
Planning for next season is still important for Aberdeen even though they have a tough programme in the run-in this season as they chase Rangers.
Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood hope to have three signing deals completed by next week, which would have Karim Touzani, Gary Dempsey and Lee Mair at Pittodrie for next season. Touzani has already verbally accepted a two-year deal and seems certain to put pen to paper after Saturday's game with Rangers. Calderwood has yet to receive a definite answer from Dempsey over a similar deal, but he thinks the midfielder will choose to remain at Pittodrie rather than move to English League One side Yeovil. Meanwhile, Calderwood revealed that Dundee United defender Mair could have a medical next week, before signing a pre-contract agreement to move to Aberdeen in the summer.
Calderwood said: "Karim has verbally committed to a two-year deal and that should be signed early next week. You are never sure about these things until the ink is dry, but I very much doubt that he will go back on his word. I still have to speak to Gary and he has been offered the chance to stay for two years as well. I think that he is leaning towards remaining at Aberdeen, but I won't know for sure until I see him this afternoon. Lee will have a medical soon and if he passes then he will sign, but that is not a big worry for me just now because he won't be able to play for us until next season whatever the result is."
Aberdeen travel to take on Walter Smith's Rangers side which are currently four points ahead in the SPL with eight games left. However, Calderwood does not think it is crucial that his side record a win if they want to keep alive their hopes of finishing second in the SPL. Instead he thinks the pressure is on Rangers to win the game in order to make sure the Dons do not close the gap in the race to qualify for Champions League football next season. The gap would come down to one point with an Aberdeen victory, but Calderwood said: "I don't think this is a must-win game for us, although it would make life a lot easier if we did pick up the three points. All the pressure is on Rangers for this game, just as we had a lot of pressure riding on our match against Motherwell on Tuesday, which we were able to win. So hopefully we can go down there and enjoy ourselves, although we will only be able to do that if we get on the ball and pass it well."
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